“The stranger the book, the better I like it. And this book is strange. As all stories — well-written stories — have some overriding mystery, we readers are pulled along by characters who don’t much know themselves why they do what they do; not exactly, anyway. It’s call “personality.” Now isn’t that the essence of life? So for THE MAGUS, the mystery is a step onto a wire, a thin wire, that gets longer and thinner, and higher, as you move with the characters.
What I liked most about the story was that, once I realized there was a veil between what I thought I knew (dramatic irony) and what was really happening (fictively), the more I liked the book. Not all books can do this effectively; not just any writer can take the care which this kind of story needs. THE MAGUS is a well-written, well-crafted, and thoroughly original book that should be on your reading list. It has history, psychology, love, sex, intrigue, betrayal, and redemption.”